Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


A Letter to Our Next President:

An Open Letter About the Future of the World


Program Highlights

Our website is updated periodically, primarily in April for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.

For a Future to Be Possible: Facing Climate Change

This monthly series of events is focused on the unfolding crisis of climate disruption and the many issues related to it, including what we can do.

Potluck at 6:00 p.m. Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Fridays April 21, May 26, June 23
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
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Special Events (contact the Center for additional information)

In the Footsteps of the Buddha

Report on a Pilgrimage to India Sue Harrington & Terry Miller
7:00 P.M. Friday, April 14. By donation. (More information)

Hokyoji Capital Campaign Presentation With Emmy Award Winner Peter Coyote

5:30-7:00 P.M. Thursday, April 27 3450 Irving Ave. S., Minneapolis

I Take Refuge in Poetry A Writing Workshop for Difficult Times

Led by Mary Jean Port 1:00-3:00 P.M. Saturday, April 29 $30 (More information)

Sangha Retreats

Day of Mindfulness

Saturday, April 15, 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
(more information)

Zen Meditation as World Transformation with Tenshin Reb Anderson

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 P.M. – Saturday, May 20, 5:00 P.M.
(more information)

Weekend Sesshin at Ryumonji Monastery

Friday, June 16, 7:00 P.M. to Sunday, June 18, 1:00 P.M.
(more information)

Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Summer 2017

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, May 30-July 25 (no class on July 4)

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 8-July 27

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday July 22
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Welcome Sessions

Friday, March 31, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Sunday, April 2, 9:00-11:15 A.M.
(more info)

Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices. No fee; pre-registration required.

Mondays April 10 & 17, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
(more info)

Living Zen Series: A Special Year-Long Program of Study and Practice

In this year-long series of courses we will explore Zen approaches to meeting the challenge of human life. Each course will focus on one of the three questions that the ninth-century Chinese Zen monk Zuigan asked himself each day.

Spring 2017: Zen Insight

Wednesdays, March 29–May 10 (seven sessions) 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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Weekly Gatherings- Meditatation and Dharma Talks

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
(more information)

Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Meditation Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7:00-8:15 A.M.

Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 8:40 P.M
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